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Roberta Flack on Music's Impact on Stroke Recovery

Singer talks about 50th anniversary of debut album release


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How These Older Americans Are Demanding Change

Even with worries about COVID-19, they are marching

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Civil Rights & History

Dana King's 'Guided By Justice' statue, dedicated to black women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott and collectively walked thousands of miles, stands inside The National Memorial For Peace And Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

11 Fascinating Stops Along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Visit the Southern sites where ordinary citizens fought injustice and made history

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Black Women Had to Fight for Their Right to Vote

They were suffragists combating both racism and sexism long after the 19th Amendment was passed

Stacey Abrams

6 Leaders Who Carry On the Legacy of 50 Years Ago

Even after the passage of sweeping federal laws, the dream of equality has been only partially achieved

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Black History Helps Complete the Story of Humanity

Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson fought to preserve African American contributions to society

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Places Where You Can Walk in MLK Jr.'s Footsteps

The civil rights leader traveled across the United States — and almost died in New York City

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Ancestry's Impact for Us All

'Finding Your Roots' host says there's 'never been a better time' to check out your family tree

Celebrating Black Music Month

You Could Be the AARP Contest Winner!

Enter to win a $5,000 prize in our singing contest

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Rakim's Mom and Pop 'Taught Me So Much About Music'

Rapper reflects on how music helped him find his way

Famous hip hop performers

Listen to a Podcast Episode: Getting Better With Rhyme

Hip-hop: 'It doesn't get more American than that'

Coronavirus Pandemic

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Why COVID-19 Takes Heavy Toll on Blacks

Income inequality is high on list

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Find Food Help, Health Info Where You Live

Also includes the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Virus More Likely to Kill Blacks Ages 45-54

Unequal access to health care a factor

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How to Apply for Jobless Benefits

Phone numbers, websites you need

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Undertaker Thinks Deaths Undercounted

Not all who die are being tested

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Severe Cases More Likely in Some States

Age of residents, health are big factors

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Virus Hits Facilities Serving Minorities

Variety of factors could be the cause

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Find Your State's Care Facility Ombudsman

For nursing homes and assisted living

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Premature Cancer Deaths Costly to African Americans

Study finds racial disparity in 'lost earnings' between blacks and whites

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8 Great Reasons to Get Started Walking — Now

Trim your waistline, sleep better and more reasons to get your body moving

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A Beginner's Guide to Meditation for Stress Relief

Here's how to quiet your mind, be calm and rid yourself of anxiety


Video Spotlight

Veteran Battles PTSD Because of Motorcycle Suicide Bomber

His mother is his caregiver and biggest advocate

Work Out in 10 Minutes: Find a Chair to Improve Your Balance

Our series with Bryant Johnson will get you moving

Alfre Woodard: 'Everybody Needs a Wave Right Now'

Love spreads faster than COVID-19, the actress says

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TV & Movies

Janelle Monae Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer star in the film Hidden Figures

'Hidden Figures' Among Great Films About Black Experience

From Dr. Dre to unsung NASA geniuses, heroes of American history are immortalized in these films

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'Black Patriots' Shows Fighters on Both Sides of Revolution

Slaves 'saw an opportunity for freedom, and they took it,' Executive Producer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says

American actress Hattie McDaniel (1895 - 1952) with her Academy Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement, circa 1945. McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in 'Gone With The Wind', making her the first African-American

'They've Gotta Have Us' Explores Blacks in Cinema

Hattie McDaniel of 'Gone With The Wind' opened doors as the first black actor to win an Oscar


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